Monitoring in Nunavut

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Nunavut General Monitoring Plan (NGMP) Monitoring Blueprint Compendium

The NGMP Monitoring Blueprint Compendium 2013 serves to provide insight into the current NGMP knowledge and information base, as well as guide further data collection, analysis and reporting activities among NGMP partners. The blueprints provide current information on individual Valued Components and identify Nunavut general monitoring objectives, needs and requirements for each.

Some Common Terms

Ecosystemic: Related to a natural community of living organisms and its physical environment functioning as an ecological unit in nature.

Socio-economic: Related to understanding the development of human society and practical and financial factors that combine to influence both people and their communities. These factors could include: demographics, health and well-being, food security, education and training, housing, crime, energy use and other related areas, cultural practices including Inuit language, traditional activities and skills, employment and economic activities.

Monitoring: Watching and checking changes occurring to a particular subject over time.

Qualitative information: Information and data that is not usually represented in numbers, but characterizes or describes the qualities of a specific subject or theme. For example, qualitative research on polar bears could include a description of the quality/colour/health of the bear's coat.

Quantitative information: Information and data that is represented in numbers, which can be measured or verified. For example, quantitative research on polar bears could include a numerical measurement of the thickness of the bear's coat and hide.

NGMP Valued Components

Valued components are aspects of the environment that have particular importance based on economic, social, cultural, community, ecological, legal or political concern in a given geographical area.

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